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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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A Few Things You Might Overlook When Buying a New Water Storage Tank

by Darlene Jenkins

Water storage tanks are common on farms and in areas where there is a high risk of brushfire or other types of fires, and in places where the city-supplied water might be consistently interrupted. Even for a residential home, a water tank can mean paying less money for fresh water to water your lawn or wash your car and other such chores. When you're ready to get a new water storage tank, note a few features you might easily overlook so you ensure you get a tank that will work for your needs and which will last for many years to come.


The fittings are how the water is pumped from the tank, either into your home or into another receptacle. Leaking fittings are a common problem with most water tanks because they actually don't always fit very well; however, fittings are often part of the design of fiberglass tanks so they won't leak. For tanks where the fittings or pumps are retrofitted or plumbed in after the tank is manufactured, you do need to check for leaks regularly. If you overlook this, you'll find that you're wasting your water and may also find metal parts that start to rust, including the metal tank itself. The ground around the tank may also collect that moisture and get soft so that the tank begins to sink.


The lining of a tank is important to consider since many linings are meant to simply protect the tank from water seeping into the material and causing it to soften and get damaged. If you want to use the water you collect for inside the home, you need a food-grade lining. This one will not just protect the tank but will resist bacteria and algae growth and keep the water fresher. Even with a strong water filter, this type of lining should be considered for your water tank so that you have the cleanest water available for your home.


The color of a water tank will affect how much heat it holds; a dark tank will mean holding heat so that algae and other contaminants are more likely to thrive inside the tank. Darker tanks should then always be buried or shaded so they don't get too warm in the sun. Lighter tanks or those with a blue pigment are better for above ground storage and for water that you will use indoors for cooking, bathing, and the like.